The most famous artists on Spotify: the ranking of the 20 most followed singers and DJs

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The 20 most famous artists on Spotify. Which artists and / or groups are the most popular on Spotify? In this article we will count the top 20 artists on Spotify based on the follower count.

The 20 most famous artists on Spotify

20. Selena Gomez

10,5 millions of followers

Selena Gomez, born in Texas, began her career as an actress on The Disney Channel. After moving into the world of music, she released three albums with her former band, The Scene.



The 2013-year-old's first solo album, Stars Dance, didn't arrive until XNUMX. The electropop record debuted at # XNUMX on the US charts.

Most Popular Song: It Is Not Me (735 million plays)

19. Katy Perry

10,6 millions of followers

Katy Perry made her name in 2008 with I Kissed a Girl, but it was the release of her second album, Teenage Dreams, that made her a global pop superstar. Perry co-wrote all 12 dance-pop songs and earned seven Grammy nominations for her efforts.

His most recent album, Witness, was released in June 2017 with mixed reviews.

Most Popular Song: Dark Horse (530 million plays)

18. Imagine Dragons

10,7 millions of followers

Pop band Imagine Dragons was Billboard's “Band of the Year” in 2017. Their success in 2013 Radioactive holds the record for the most consecutive weeks on the US chart.

The band's latest album, Evolve, produced three chart-topping singles: Believer, Thunder and Whatever It Takes.


Most Popular Song: Thunder (763 million plays)


17. Maluma

10,8 millions of followers

Maluma is the first of two Colombians to make the top 20 list. The reggaetón singer boasts a tenor voice that has earned him widespread popularity throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

In 2014 he was the vocalist of Elvis Crespo on Ole Brazil, a track that was recorded for the World Cup that took place that summer.

His latest album, FAME, includes duets with Timbaland, Jason Derulo and Prince Royce.

Most Popular Song: Felices los 4 (515 million plays)

16. The Weeknd

11,4 million followers

The Weeknd - real name Abel Tesfaye - is the artist behind the 2015 megahit, Can't Feel My Face.

The song won numerous awards, but perhaps the most surprising accolade was a Nickelodeon nomination for the Kids' Choice Awards.

Most Popular Song: Starboy (999 million plays)

15. Nicki Minaj

11,7 millions of followers

Since her debut album in 2010, Nicki Minaj has arguably become the most recognizable female hip-hop star in the world. For better or for worse.

She has more than 100 Billboard entries than any other woman in history and is the only female on Forbes' Hip-Hop Cash Kings list.

Most Popular Song: Swalla (618 million plays)

14. Maroon 5

12,0 millions of followers

Flanked by The Voice judge Adam Levine, Maroon 5 is one of the most successful bands of the century.



The pop-rock group has released six studio albums and won three Grammys, three American Music Awards, three People's Choice Awards and four Billboard Music Awards. Their 2012 hit One More Night was notable for keeping Gangnam Style from reaching number one in the U.S.

Most Popular Song: Sugar (716 million plays)

13. Calvin Harris

12,3 million followers

At number 13 we find Calvin Harris, the first British entry on the list.

Harris can confidently claim to be the most successful EDM artist of all time. He has topped Forbes' best DJ list for the past five years and has won or been nominated for 143 mainstream awards since his 2007 debut.

Most Popular Song: This is what you chose (829 million plays)

12. Shakira

12,4 million followers

There are no prizes for guessing the identity of the second Colombian on the list. Shakira began her musical life by singing Spanish rock; she had already sold 10 million albums in Latin America in the 90s before releasing her first English-language album in 2001.

Today she is the most successful Latin American pop star in the English-speaking world.

Most Popular Song: Chantaje (feat. Maluma) (518 million plays)

11. Coldplay

13,1 million followers

British band Coldplay is the Marmite of the rock world, they are loved and hated in equal measure.


Whatever your opinion, the band's success cannot be questioned. Chris Martin and co. entered the scene with Yellow in 2000 and has never looked back. To date, they have sold more than 100 million albums, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.


Most Popular Song: Something Like This (867 million plays)

10. Taylor Swift

13,7 million followers

Her 2006 single, Our Song, made her the youngest person in history to write and sing a number one hit on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, a record she still holds today.

His first pop album, in 1989, was the best-selling album in the United States in 2014.

Most Popular Song: I Don't Wanna Live Forever (730 million plays)

9. Beyoncé

14,5 million followers

Beyoncé's voice at number nine is perhaps the first real surprise in this countdown. We thought she would be somewhere higher.

The former Destiny's Child superstar needs no introduction. Since her first solo hit, Crazy in Love, in 2003, she has almost always been at the top of the Billboard charts.

Most Popular Song: Halo (436 million plays)

8. Bruno Mars

14,7 million followers

Bruno Mars, born in Hawaii, has had seven singles in the United States. He is also the only artist to hold number one and number two simultaneously, while Just the Way You Are and Grenade are the most successful digital singles of all time.

But forget all this. She also wrote the top 10 hits for Alexandra Burke, Travie McCoy, Adam Levine, Brandy, Sean Kingston and Flo Rida. Oh, and he can also play drums, guitar, keyboard, bass and piano.

Most Popular Song: That's What I Like (743 million plays)

7. David Guetta

15 millions of followers

The only EDM star able to compete with Calvin Harris is Frenchman David Guetta.

Mainstream success came in 2009 with the release of One Love. The 15-track album generated four positions on the UK music chart and propelled it onto the global stage.

Most Popular Song: Titanium (510 million plays)

6. Ariana Grande

16,5 million followers

Ariana Grande began her career on Broadway in 2008. Her pop career began in 2014 with the release of My Everything. She debuted in the first place in the United States

In 2017, he had just finished playing at the Manchester Arena when a suicide bomber killed 22 people in the venue's foyer.

His benefit concert, held at Manchester Cricket Ground two weeks after the tragedy, raised over $ 23 million for the victims' families.

Most Popular Song: Side to Side (679 million plays)

5. Eminem

18,3 million followers

Hip-hop star Eminem is at the same time one of the most gifted and controversial artists of modern times.

He is also the only artist to have eight consecutive albums debuting at number one in the United States and has sold more than 220 million albums worldwide.

Most Popular Song: Lose Yourself (566 million plays)

4. Drake

23,2 million followers

Drake has been on the charts for more than a decade, but has been catapulted into megastar status since the release of the 2016 album Dance Views.

Its follow-up, More Life, became Spotify's most popular opening album ever, with over 60 million streams in the first 24 hours. Surprisingly, his 2018 album Scorpion broke the record for the second time; it was heard over 130 million times in the first 24 hours after release.

Most Popular Song: God's Plan (904 million plays)

3. Justin Bieber

23,8 million followers

Interestingly, it currently averages 17.6 million plays per month. That sounds like a lot, but it's not enough for a spot in the service's top 80 most streaming artists either.

On the flip side, he's the first artist on the list to have a song with over a billion plays, so he deserves my kudos for that. In fact, both of his two best songs (Sorry and Love Yourself) surpassed one billion plays.

Most Popular Song: Sorry (1,07 billion plays)

2. Rihanna

25,1 millions of followers

Rihanna is the second most popular artist on Spotify. Since her 2005 debut with Pon de Floor, she has churned out an endless stream of captivating dance-pop hits.

It was the 2007 Umbrella that gave her her worldwide fame, but since then, Take a Bow, Disturbia, Only Girl (In the World), S&M, We Found Love, Diamonds, Stay, have all become top-selling of singles of all time.

Most Popular Song: Needed Me (606 million plays)

1. Ed Sheeran

28,5 million followers

Topping the list is British singer and composer Ed Sheeran.

His vast popularity is all the more impressive considering his relatively short time in the music industry. Her debut album didn't hit the shelves until late 2011, and she has only released three studio albums to date.

Sheeran's single Shape of You from her third album is definitely the most played song on Spotify.

Most Popular Song: Shape of You (1,8 billion plays)


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